Yeddyurappa swearing-in reactions LIVE: Governor Vala conducted encounter of Constitution twice, says Randeep Surjewala

Yeddyurappa's swearing-in reactions LIVE: Congress president Rahul Gandhi said,  "While the BJP celebrates its hollow victory, India will mourn the defeat of democracy."

By: Express Web Desk Curated by Shreyasi Jha | New Delhi | Updated: May 17, 2018 9:59:58 pm
Yeddyurappa's swearing-in reactions LIVE: BSY's swearing-in comes a day after the Governor Valubhai Vala invited the BJP to form government in the state. (Twitter/BSY/BJP) Yeddyurappa’s swearing-in reactions LIVE: BSY’s swearing-in comes a day after the Governor Valubhai Vala invited the BJP to form government in the state. (Twitter/BSY/BJP)

Bharatiya Janata Party leader BS Yeddyurappa took oath as Karnataka’s 23rd Chief Minister at Raj Bhawan in Bengaluru on Thursday morning, hours after the Congress moved the Supreme Court seeking a stay on the swearing-in. Yeddyurappa’s swearing-in comes a day after Governor Valubhai Vala invited the BJP to form government in the state. He was elected the party’s legislative leader earlier on Wednesday. The party, which emerged as the single largest party in the Assembly, secured 104 seats in the 224-member House, just short of majority. Yeddyurappa will now have to prove strength on the floor of the House within 15 days.

Congress leaders including former CM Siddaramaiah, Ghulam Nabi Azad and Mallikarjun Kharge sat in protest outside the Karnataka assembly against Yeddyurappa’s swearing-in. Reacting to this, Congress president Rahul Gandhi said,  “While the BJP celebrates its hollow victory, India will mourn the defeat of democracy.” Follow B S Yeddyurappa swearing-in LIVE | See photos

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BS Yeddyurappa took oath as Karnataka's 23rd CM. Here are the political reactions. Follow LIVE UPDATES here

21:59 (IST) 17 May 2018
After the police was withdrawn (from outside Eagleton Resort), they (BJP) came inside & offered money, says Congress leader

"After the police was withdrawn (from outside Eagleton Resort), they (BJP) came inside & offered money. Constantly they have been calling people on phone," Ramalinga Reddy, Congress

19:52 (IST) 17 May 2018
There has been murder of democracy, says Congress leader DK Shivakumar

"There has been murder of democracy. Let us wait till tomorrow,we feel justice will be in favour of us. Already a chaos is happening throughout country. In Bihar, Goa, Manipur&other states where we were single largest party, they're asking for same formula," said DK Shivakumar, Congress

18:45 (IST) 17 May 2018
Tejashwi Yadav hits out at BJP

Would like to know from BJP and Bihar chief minister if the invitation to the single largest party in Karnataka is right or insulting public's mandate in Bihar by making post-poll alliance was right. If what they did in Karnataka is right then they must accept what they did in Bihar was wrong: Tejashwi Yadav

18:14 (IST) 17 May 2018
RJD to meet Governor at 1 pm tomorrow and demand that our party be invited to form govt: Tejashwi

Party has decided that we'll meet Guv at 1 pm tomorrow & demand that like BJP, the single largest party in Karnataka, was called to form the govt, similarly the current govt here be dissolved & the single largest party, RJD, be invited to form the govt: Tejashwi Yadav, RJD

18:14 (IST) 17 May 2018
If we aren't united today then it was Bihar yesterday, Karnataka today, can be MP or Rajasthan tomorrow: Tejashwi Yadav

"How will BJP prove majority? Amit Shah has only one formula, horse-trading or sending agencies like CBI & ED behind MLAs of other parties. It's dictatorship by BJP. If we aren't united today then it was Bihar yesterday, Karnataka today, can be MP or Rajasthan tomorrow," said Tejashwi Yadav

17:14 (IST) 17 May 2018
100 per cent sure of the success, have people's support: BSY

'I am 100 per cent sure of the success,' Yeddyurappa said, striking a confident note on emerging victorious in the trial of strength in the assembly. 'I have people's support for me and my party,' said Yeddyurappa, who has now a tough task to muster the numbers to reach the half mark of 112.

17:13 (IST) 17 May 2018
Not going to wait till 15 days, keen to do it as soon as possible: BS Yeddyurappa

"I am not going to wait till 15 days... I am keen to do it as soon as possible," he said in a press conference. Yeddyurappa also appealed to the legislators to vote according to their "conscience" and uphold the people's mandate.

16:30 (IST) 17 May 2018
Governor Vala conducted encounter of Constitution two times: Randeep Surjewala

Surjewala said, "Vajubhai Vala had sacrificed his seat for Narendra Modi earlier, yesterday he sacrificed Constitution and democracy for him. He conducted the first encounter of Constitution yesterday when he invited BJP to form govt. Today when he swore-in BS Yeddyurappa, he conducted its 2nd encounter."

16:26 (IST) 17 May 2018

In 2017, we won 17 seats and were the single largest party and continue to be but Governor chose to invite the BJP which had 13 seats. In Karnataka, Governor invited BJP as they are the single largest party. So, we appeal to Governor to invite us to form govt: Yatish Naik, Congress

16:25 (IST) 17 May 2018
Yeddyurappa is going to be the CM for a day: Congress

BS Yeddyurappa is going to be the CM for a day, half of which has already gone by, says Randeep Surjewala.

16:23 (IST) 17 May 2018
16:23 (IST) 17 May 2018

I will request my father (HD Deve Gowda) to take the lead and talk to all regional parties and see how BJP is destroying democratic systems, we have to come together to protect interests of the country:  HD Kumaraswamy

16:22 (IST) 17 May 2018

"BS Yeddyurappa has become Karnataka CM for the third time. I have confidence that he will provide a stable&responsible govt. It is unfortunate that Congress being an old age party is indulging in nefarious activities, they should work as a constructive opposition party," said BJP leaders Ananth Kumar.

16:21 (IST) 17 May 2018
Yeddyurappa has taken oath but it's difficult to prove majority, Shiv Sena

BS Yeddyurappa has taken the oath but it's difficult to prove majority. Governor should have called those who had maximum numbers. When this happens people say, loktantra ki hatya ho gayi, lekin jab desh mein loktantra bacha hi nahi hai toh hatya kiski hogi: Sanjay Raut, Shiv Sena.

16:19 (IST) 17 May 2018

"Independent MLAs hamare touch mein hain, kaam ho jaega," said BJP MLA B Sriramulu when asked about proving majority in floor test.

16:16 (IST) 17 May 2018

Punjab CM Amarinder Singh also said, "The Governor is going against the Constitution. The role of Governor is being dictated by the govt. He was a RSS member and a Cabinet Minister under Modi Saheb in Gujarat. It is obvious that he will listen to the Centre."

16:13 (IST) 17 May 2018

Chodankar said, “How can they have different yardsticks? If they have allowed the single-largest party to come to power in Karnataka, then they should allow that here as well. So we will meet her and tell her that,” When asked if all the 16 MLAs would head to Raj Bhavan, Chodankar said most of them would. “Some of them are abroad, whoever is here will meet her.”

16:13 (IST) 17 May 2018
Goa Congress says they’re single-largest party, will meet Governor to stake claim

A delegation of Goa Congress leaders led by its legislature party leader Babu Kavlekar will head to Raj Bhavan Friday morning and meet Governor Mridula Sinha staking claim to form government in the state. “Yes, we have an appointment with the Governor tomorrow morning. We will be going to meet her and stake claim to form the government,” Goa Congress president Girish Chodankar told, questioning how in Karnataka the same could be allowed. Read more

16:11 (IST) 17 May 2018

We are 117, out of that 1 or 2 are in touch with our leaders. They will come back, nothing to worry: Ramalinga Reddy when asked that Congress MLAs Pratap Gowda Patil and Anand Singh are missing

16:10 (IST) 17 May 2018
Would be sitting on a day-long dharna for murder of democracy in Karnataka: Tejashwi Yadav

Reacting to BSY's swearing-in as Karnataka CM, Tejashwi Yadav said, "We would be holding a 1-day dharna tomorrow against the murder of democracy in Karnataka. We also request the Bihar Governor to dissolve the state government and like in Karnataka invite the single largest party, which in Bihar is the RJD."

15:51 (IST) 17 May 2018
If I were Yeddyurappa, I will not take oath until Friday hearing: P Chidambaram

The Union former finance and the home minister said had he been in Yeddyurappa's place, he would not have taken the oath till the apex court took a decision on the petition filed by the Congress-JD(S) combine challenging the Governor's decision to invite him to take oath. "I salute the Supreme Court. If I were Mr Yeddyurappa, I will not take the oath until the hearing at 10.30 am on Friday, 18th May," Chidambaram said.

15:43 (IST) 17 May 2018
Yeddyurappa's fate sealed in his letter to Guv: P Chidambaram

Senior Congress leader P Chidambaram on Thursday said the fate of Karnataka's new Chief Minister B S Yeddyurappa is sealed in his letter given to Governor Vajubhai Vala as it makes no mention of a number bigger than the 104 MLAs of the BJP.

15:30 (IST) 17 May 2018
We must give full respect to maker of our Constitution, says Mamata Banerjee
15:29 (IST) 17 May 2018
Ever since BJP came to power, they have been misusing govt machinery, says Mayawati

Reacting to BJP's BS Yeddyurappa being sworn-in as Karnataka CM, BSP supremo Mayawati said since BJP came to power in the Centre, they have been misusing government machinery and thereby attacking democracy. "It is a conspiracy to destroy the constitution made by Baba Saheb Ambedkar, since they (BJP) came to power they have been misusing government machinery, thereby attacking democracy," ANI quoted Mayawati as saying. BSP contested the elections in alliance with JD(S) and won a seat after 25 years in Karnataka. Mahesh has been elected from Kollegal constituency in Chamarajanagar district.

15:26 (IST) 17 May 2018
All parties other than BJP should join hands and fight it out together, says HD Kumaraswamy

The JD(S) leader said all parties other than BJP should join hands and fight it out together. "I request Mamata Banerjee, Chandrababu Naidu, Chandrashekar Rao, Mayawati, Naveen Patnaik. To protect the interest of the country... if there are any differences we must keep them aside," he added.

15:25 (IST) 17 May 2018

Kumaraswamy also asked non-BJP parties to unite and requested his father and former prime minister Deve Gowda to take the initiative. "I'm requesting my father to take a lead to request the chiefs of all regional parties, chief ministers and leaders of states to unite against the BJP, which wants to destroy democratic systems in this country," he said.

15:25 (IST) 17 May 2018

Referring to speculation that Congress MLA Anand Singh, who has been out of touch with his party, could rejoin the BJP, Kumaraswamy said the ED was being used against him as there was a case pending against him. "I have not spoken to Anand Singh... one of the Congress' MLAs told me that Singh had called him and expressed his problem... The Congress MLA gave me the message and asked me to take a lead in this issue," he claimed.

15:19 (IST) 17 May 2018

Responding to a question, Kumaraswamy said the Modi government was misusing central government agencies. "They are threatening and putting pressure on MLAs," he alleged.

15:17 (IST) 17 May 2018
What's the reason for 15 it for business? asks Kumaraswamy

Kumaraswamy, whose claim to form the government was ignored by the governor, also said that giving a party without majority the opportunity to form government and giving it 15 days for a floor test was probably a first in the country. "What was the reason for 15 it for business?" he asked.

15:16 (IST) 17 May 2018

JD(S)' Kumaraswamy termed Governor Vajubhai Vala's decision to invite Yeddyurappa to form the government "unconstitutional". He lashed out at the Centre and said, "How is this Central government behaving? This Narendra Modi government wants to demolish democracy in the country."

15:15 (IST) 17 May 2018
Modi govt wants to demolish democracy in country, says HD Kumaraswamy

JD(S) leader H D Kumaraswamy today said the Narendra Modi government wants to demolish democracy in the country and accused the Centre of using agencies like the Enforcement Directorate to threaten MLAs of the Congress-JD(S) combine in Karnataka. Addressing reporters after the BJP's B S Yeddyurappa was sworn in as Karnataka chief minister, he also reached out to non-BJP parties to join hands and bury their differences if any to "protect the interest of the country".

15:11 (IST) 17 May 2018

Rahul Gandhi also said, "Usually, people go to the Supreme Court for justice. But for the first time in 70 years, we saw SC judges coming to the people complaining that they are being intimidated and they are not being allowed to do their jobs. Something like this happened for the first time in a democratic country. It happens in dictatorships. It happened in Pakistan & Africa. But this happened for the first time in 70 years in India."

15:10 (IST) 17 May 2018
Raj Bhawan has been converted into BJP office: Randeep Surjewala

Randeep Surjewala said the Raj Bhawan has been converted into the BJP office.

15:07 (IST) 17 May 2018

While Congress president Rahul Gandhi said India mourns the defeat of democracy, the party's communications in-charge Randeep Surjewala described the events in Karnataka as a "black spot" on the country's democracy that will be erased The comments came after BJP legislature party leader B S Yeddyurappa was sworn in as the chief minister of Karnataka for a second time today, after an overnight high-voltage legal battle in the Supreme Court which refused to stay his swearing-in.

15:07 (IST) 17 May 2018

The Congress on Thursday termed BJP leader B S Yeddyurappa's oath as chief minister of Karnataka "farcical" and said the party's "irrational insistence" on forming government in the southern state when it does not have the numbers made a mockery of the Constitution.

14:41 (IST) 17 May 2018
Hope, wish and pray that good sense, maturity, wisdom prevails: Shatrughan Sinha

Sinha further said, "It may be termed as penny wise pound foolish politics. Hope, wish & pray that good sense, maturity & wisdom prevails. Now the matter has gone to court & the court mercifully agreed for a midnight drama which is great news to begin with. We hold judiciary in very high esteem."

14:38 (IST) 17 May 2018
‘Dhan-shakti’ over ‘Jan-shakti’ is neither acceptable nor desirable, says Shatrughan Sinha

In a series of tweets today, Shatrughan Sinha said that ‘Dhan-shakti’ over ‘Jan-shakti’ is neither acceptable nor desirable. "Sir, why are we playing with fire? Votaries of Democracy are now making mockery of System. Those who do not forget to sermonize on the value of Democracy are out to wreck the polity. This politics of ‘Jugaad’ & arm twisting -for that matter, ‘Dhan-shakti’ over ‘Jan-shakti’ is neither acceptable nor desirable. Sir, there is a saying - you can’t fool all the people all the time to win/ gain anyhow by hook or by crook & moreover the same is not advisable too," he tweeted.

14:34 (IST) 17 May 2018

Shatrughan Sinha had Wednesday tweeted saying, "Finally special congrats to Yeddyurappa for announcing his swearing-in ceremony even without winning the elections....and of course to everyone who has worked hard and fought the election...Vijai Karnataka! Jai Hind!"

14:32 (IST) 17 May 2018

"Every citizen of the country must be part of the progress of the country, be it a Dalit, an Adivasi. Water, Forests and Land rights belong to Adivasis and these should be handed over to them. They should be given the power to be self-sufficient," said Rahul Gandhi

14:28 (IST) 17 May 2018
Ideals of Mahatma Gandhi are threatened everyday, says Rahul Gandhi

The Congress president further said, "The ideals of Mahatma Gandhi are threatened everyday but, the spirit of the people of India will stand strong. Our duty is to enhance the Panchayati Raj to protect and restore their rights that the BJP is trying to snatch away. The Panchayati Raj will devolve power entirely into the hands of the people."

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BS Yeddyurappa's swearing-in comes following a midnight to dawn hearing in the Supreme Court, which took up petitions filed by Congress and Janata Dal (Secular) seeking a stay on the swearing-in. The top court observed that it could not act on the Governor’s decision based on mere speculation. The bench will now take up the matter for hearing on Friday.